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Cooler Weather Could Aid Efforts To Control Springs Brushfire in Ventura County; Containment Up To 30%

Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2013 6:21am

The weather could give firefighters trying to control the massive 28,000 Springs Brush fire in Ventura County a big break today.

Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow will mean temperatures about ten degrees cooler today than yesterday, with decreased wind, and higher humidity. The fire is now 30% contained, and firefighters are hoping to take advantage of the favorable weather to improve that number.

More than 900 firefighters continue to fight the fire, which began Thursday morning off the 101 Freeway, in the Camarillo Springs area. Some 15 homes have been damaged by the fire, but none have been destroyed.

The Pacific Coast Highway reopened last night. Crews are checking it for the danger of potential rock slides from slopes stripped bare by the fire. Continuing road closures include Potrero Road from Via Acosta to Lewis Road, Potrero Road from Reino to Trentwood Drive, Deer Creek Road and PCH, and Yerba Buena Road at PCH.

Health officials say if you are in the fire zone, and especially if there is ash and smoke present, you should forgo outdoor activities like jogging or bicycling, because of the health risk.

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